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Seaward Marine Services Celebrates 50 Years

Posted March 1, 2022
Written by Cecil C. Achord

On February 29, 1972, Ed Wardwell, Gene Daly, Bob Kutzleb, and Bill Searle founded Seaward, Inc. Seaward began as a deep-sea search and recovery (S&R) company and was quickly involved in many pioneering S&R operations, many associated with the Vietnam war effort. The founders proceeded to diversify the company to add manufacturing of large marine fendering and pollution control equipment and systems, as well as an ordnance clearance division, and eventually underwater ship husbandry/hull cleaning services. Ed Wardwell’s words of advice to new managers was, “Tell the truth and have fun!”

From those humble beginnings, Seaward Marine Services has grown and prospered over the past 50 years and has become the recognized leader in Underwater Hull Cleaning. In 2019, Seaward passed the milestone of over 300 million square feet of US Navy hulls cleaned under our U.S. Navy Worldwide Underwater Hull Cleaning contract with U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA 00C5). In August of 2021 Seaward Marine Services was awarded a Worldwide Underwater Hull Cleaning Contract for Military Sealift Command (MSC).


​Today, WE all stand on the shoulders of our founders and many others who helped make Seaward what it is today.  

Happy Birthday Seaward!  Here’s to many, many more!!!


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